Noise from post-Sandy repairs peeving Coney Island residents

Posted at 10:39 AM, Apr 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-05 10:39:45-04

BROOKLYN (PIX11) — Some Coney Island residents can’t seem to catch a break. First Superstorm Sandy turned their world upside down and now they say the noise from around the clock repairs on the boardwalk is making it impossible to sleep.

The machinery that is causing all of the anger is huge pile driver that is planting concrete piles into the sand. Glenn Kessler lives in a building just feet from the construction.

“At 5 o’clock in the morning the pile driving began.  I was literally bounced out of bed,” Kessler told PIX11.

They are working 24/7 to repair the boardwalk, lifeguard stations and bathrooms damaged by Sandy in time for the summer beach season. But with a cold winter and early spring, the window for the repairs is short.  And that’s causing the problems.

The 24/7  around the clock schedule means bright lights, vibration, and noise when people are trying to sleep.  Because he lives so close, Kessler say he feels every pound of the machine.

“My apartment building is approximately 500 feet from the pile driver so the vibrations are felt throughout the building.  I thought the world was ending.  It sounded worst than Sandy and I was here during the storm.”

Some say the inconvenience is not worth it to build bathrooms and lifeguard stations.  But others feel the work is a positive sign the area is bouncing back.

The Parks Department says part of this is the Sandy rebuild and they have to get ready for the summer season.  They stress you can’t have millions of people on the beach and no restrooms.